Joe Robert Hipp (2017-11-30 14:32:09)

Joe Robert Hipp, age 85, of Vilas, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

Joe was born in Wilkes County on March 16, 1932 to Rev. Jesse and Louise Hipp. He was a member of Boone United Methodist Church, a graduate of Duke University, and was retired after having been employed with General Motors. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. 
    Mr. Hipp is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lucille Johnson Hipp; daughters, Rhese Hipp Rudolph and husband, John, of Tallahassee, FL and Tamra Hipp Shaw and husband, Lowell, of Vilas; four grandchildren, Brandon Shaw of Newport News, VA, Collin Shaw of Creedmoor, Nicholas Rudolph of Tallahassee, FL and Mary Noelle Rudolph Reyes and husband, Chris, and great-granddaughter, Calla Reyes, all of Clarksville, TN; brothers, Harold Hipp and wife, Loretta, of Winston-Salem and Richard Hipp and wife, Dot, of Loganville, GA. 
    Funeral services for Joe Robert Hipp will be conducted Friday afternoon, December 1st at 1 oclock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jeff McLean. The family will receive friends Friday from noon until 1 oclock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will follow in the Lower Beaverdam Cemetery. 
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    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hipp family.